Basilius Besler

Basilius Besler

Basilius Besler, respected Nuremberg apothecary, botanist and curator was best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis (Garden in Eichstätt), published in Nuremberg in 1613.

Besler was commissioned by the Prince Bishop of Eichstätt to document the plants growing in his garden  which at that time, was the only notable European botanical garden outside of Italy. This task took sixteen years to complete. The publication of Hortus Eystettensis changed botanical art overnight.  Garden flowers, vegetables, exotic plants and herbs were artistically composed,  elaborately depicted near life-size and arranged with an average of 3 plants per page.  Each print a massive  57cm x 46cm.  More than 1000 plants were depicted, reflecting the four seasons in the prince’s garden.  Only a few copies were coloured at the time of printing.

The first edition of 300 copies published in 1613 took four years to sell.  Besler was able to purchase a comfortable home for 2500 florins (5 copies of Hortus Eystettensis).  It was published twice more in Nuremberg in 1640 and 1713 using the original copper plates which were later destroyed by the Royal Mint of Munich in 1817.

The gardens were sacked by invading Spanish troops in 1633-64 but were reconstructed and opened to the public of Eichstätt in 1998.


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